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Sunday 23rd April
Early morning visit that proved to be part of a successful day all round both birding and football wise, and in glorious hot sunshine too!

- Black-winged Stilts 3 ...2m/1f (Lifer)
One of the most elegant and unusual birds I've ever seen. Only 2 at first, distant from Robbie Garnett hide, but they suddenly flew and landed approx 20ft from the hide. Then the 3rd one flew in and photo-bombed one of my shots. So all 3 were infront of the hide, awesome birds.
There was a debate in the hide between some birders as to which was the female and it was suggested they don't have any black on the head, but I gently stepped in and pointed out that the literature suggests that this isn't an indication of gender and females have been noted with blacker heads. I said the depth of black on the mantle would be a safer option.

Also of note...
- Common Crane 7 at least inc 1 riding thermals off the reserve
- Bearded Tit 2 flew infront of Martin Smith hide.
- Mediterranean Gull 1 over South Lake (possibly 2cy??)
- Avocet
- Black-tailed Godwit
- Ruff
- Oystercatcher
- Tree Sparrow 1 near car park

Plenty of Warblers around too including...
- Cetti's Warbler at Robbie Garnett hide
- Reed and Sedge Warbler at Martin Smith hide
- Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler heard all around
- Blackcap heard too

One birder heard and then saw a Cuckoo but I didn't hear or see any myself.









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A very merry Christmas, all!

Day spent here today with my dad (I'll make a birder of him yet); nice crisp day, and some cracking species seen:

3 goldcrest
Jackdaw and rook everywhere, with good jackdaw roost building late on.
700+ teal
2,000+ wigeon
12 gadwall
21 shoveler
80+ pintail
350+ tufted duck
68 pochard
c30 barnacle geese (ferals, but still)
20+ white-fronted geese (more out of view, undoubtedly)
54 Bewick's swan
2 little grebe
1 great crested grebe
2,500+ lapwing
300+ dunlin
4 black-tailed godwit
2 grey heron
1 little egret
13 crane
1 great black-backed gull
1 peregrine (spectacular views of it chasing teal, wigeon and dunlin)
1 buzzard

Great day out.

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steven burke wrote:

after a great start to the day thought I would try my luck here as I have never been here before & glad I came. a great reserve with tons of birds around.

112 white-fronted geese, majority greenlands, 200+ barnacle geese, 200+ bewick swans which was great to see, no whooper swans seen.

8 crane, nice to see them flying around also. 2 scaup, 1 little stint, 1 little egret, 2 cettis warbler (1 seen when it popped up into my binocular view as I was watching a bullfinch, another heard).

1 peregrine falcon, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzard, 1 stonechat, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 bullfinch.

hundreds of dunlin & black tailed godwit. thousands of lapwing & golden plover. ruff, redshank, curlew & lots of ducks around inc teal, wigeon, pochard, tufted duck, shoveler & gadwall. water rail heard.

a fantastic day out smilesmile






It looks like I have made a mistake & mentioned "majority greenlands" when they were clearly European.
It doesn't affect my listing anyway.

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A follow-on visit to Slimbridge after Horsebere Brook with Simon and Chris. I've not been here in over 30 years.

Some excellent species seen, some in high numbers too. My apologies but I will try my best to give an approx figure where I can.

- Common Crane 9 (at least) seen from the main reception observation tower at one time.
(3 near the poly tunnels, 2 in next field, 2 more in field behind, and 2 on the reserve, a couple of singles were seen too but could've been 1 of the multiples we saw)

- Whooper Swan 2 only
- Bewick's Swan approx 130+
- Mute Swans
- European White-fronted Goose approx 100-120
- Greenland White-fronted Goose 5 only still
- Barnacle Goose approx 200
- lots of Greylag's and Canada Geese
- Shelduck lots
- Greater Scaup 2 female
- Pochard 100+
- Ferruginous / Pochard hybrid 1 (Lifer for me)
- Wigeon 100's
- Teal 100's
- Pintail few 100
- Mallard 100's
- Shoveler approx 50+
- Gadwall 30-40
- Shoveler approx 80-100
- Tufted Duck few 100
- Curlew 250-300
- Black-tailed Godwits
- Redshank 40-50
- Golden Plover 1000's
- Lapwing 1000's
- Dunlin few 100
- Peregrine 1
- Common Buzzard 3
- Raven 2
- lots of Rook + Jackdaw
- Little Egret 1
- Grey Heron 2
- Great Crested Grebe 1
- Little Grebe 1
- Cornorant 1
- Mediterranean Gull 1 over with Black-headeds (heard calling at first)
- Redwing approx 10 over reception
- Siskin, group of 30-40
- Goldfinch, group of 20-30
- Reed Bunting 1m
- Great Tit, 1 of which was calling a Reed Bunting call, fooled everyone
- Coal Tit 1 near entrance road bridge
- Long-tailed Tit family
- Treecreeper 1
- Goldcrest 1
- Cetti's Warbler 2 heard only
- Water Rail heard only for me, seen by others

...a cracking day all round!

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after a great start to the day thought I would try my luck here as I have never been here before & glad I came. a great reserve with tons of birds around.

112 white-fronted geese, majority greenlands, 200+ barnacle geese, 200+ bewick swans which was great to see, no whooper swans seen.

8 crane, nice to see them flying around also. 2 scaup, 1 little stint, 1 little egret, 2 cettis warbler (1 seen when it popped up into my binocular view as I was watching a bullfinch, another heard).

1 peregrine falcon, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzard, 1 stonechat, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 bullfinch.

hundreds of dunlin & black tailed godwit. thousands of lapwing & golden plover. ruff, redshank, curlew & lots of ducks around inc teal, wigeon, pochard, tufted duck, shoveler & gadwall. water rail heard.

a fantastic day out smilesmile



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A very quick visit here and straight to the hides overlooking Tack Piece produced 3 Crane, 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese, a single Pinkfoot, and a Peregrine amongst the expected fare.

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